They're not a glamorous bunch, but they certainly perform an important function. Electric utilities workers from across the southwestern United States have gathered at the Texas A&M Riverside Campus, where TEEX is hosting the annual Texas Meter School conducted by the Southwest Electrical Metering Association, or SWEMA.
It’s an ever-evolving discipline in which training to learn the latest in technical advances is critical. You may be asking yourself why this is important. Well, for one, improper metering can affect your wallet.
With escalating utility costs, it’s critical that electric power suppliers discover ways to keep customer costs down while providing efficient and reliable power. The main focus of the school is to save the consumer money by training metering personnel in a variety of subjects. Students learn the value of metering accuracy, as well how to fine-tune electrical networks to provide consumers the proper balance of power with as little possible waste. Perhaps most importantly, students learn how to educate consumers as to how power is provided and how they can reduce their own costs.
More than 170 students registered this morning in the Utilities Training Hangar at TEEX’s Riverside Campus and classes started this afternoon and will continue through the week. Students sign up for one of five courses, all of which focus on the latest and greatest in electrical metering.
“SWEMA is a volunteer organization that keeps the safety and well-being of the metering profession at the forefront,” SWEMA planning committee member Mike Cleveland said. “TEEX has the same goals and we are fortunate to be able to partner with them for the annual meter schools.”
In addition, the school features 42 vendors showcasing the newest metering technology.
“This is my third time to attend and I’m looking forward to this week,” said Charles Sellers with CPS Energy in San Antonio. “The interaction between instructors and students is great and you meet other guys from other utilities and share ideas about how to do things. It’s a great experience.”
Courses and enrollment
Introduction to Electrical Metering – 73 students
Advanced Electrical Metering Technology – 38 students
Complex Electrical Metering Technology – 32 students
National Generation/Transmission Metering – 20 students
Diversified Electrical Metering Technology – 9 students
Check back later this week for more photos and video from meter school.